Subaru is recalling 275,391 Forester crossovers from the 2009-12 model years because the seat belt in the backseat's middle position may not allow secure installation of a child-safety seat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In the affected vehicles, which were built from Nov. 26, 2007, through March 13, 2012, the automatic locking retractor may not meet lockability requirements and may not allow proper installation of a child seat, increasing the risk of injury to a child in a crash. You can find the vehicle's build date on a label affixed to the driver-side doorjamb.
The recall is expected to begin April 13. Dealers will replace the rear center seat belt assembly for free. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.